As our world is changing, so too is science.

It is no longer a subject that is taught in isolation, but instead, it is a subject that can be integrated across the subject spectrum. Science is taught in the classroom, on the shores of Lake Waikaremoana and at the local recycling centre.

At Lytton High School, we offer courses that provide the balance between preparing students for careers needing science and the citizen-focused need for all rangatahi to have a clear understanding of the complex world of science.

Our department are a highly-skilled, passionate staff. Our NCEA results are consistently above national standards. We are committed to delivering a curriculum that focuses on teaching science through the utilisation of ‘‘twenty-first-century skills’, which include creativity, persistence and motivation. We take pride in our ability to provide a broad spectrum of learning opportunities to our students.

Recognising that students learn at different rates, lunchtime tutorials are offered to all students providing one-to-one assistance with homework, or work students are having difficulty with in class. We also run a ‘Learning Hub’ on Friday afternoons that covers a range of curriculum areas.

Our Junior Science courses provide students with a sound foundation in science and allow them to pursue interests through projects and inquiry-based learning. This leads students into our Senior Science courses which allow them to specialise in one or more of the main strands of science, or to study on a more general level.

Lytton students take part in experiments, field trips, competitions and quizzes.

Senior students have the opportunity to do science based work experience at the local Cedenco Food laboratory, where real world experience is gathered for our budding scientists of the future. Our students are encouraged and supported to take advantage of opportunities offered through University backed events such as Hands On at Otago and Hill Laboratories Waikato Science & Engineering Summer School. We also work closely with Whakapiki Ake (University of Auckland) and Kia Ora Hauora to increase Maori students’ participation in science.

Over the last few years our students have been selected to participate in OUASSA (Otago University Advanced School Sciences Academy), the R.E.A.C.H. (Realising Educational Aspirations and Careers in Health) Otago Scholarship, MacDiarmid Institute Nanocamp and the Sir Peter Blake Trust YELF (Youth EnviroLeaders’ Forum). We continue to encourage students to take part in these events whenever and wherever possible to enhance the teaching and learning opportunities on offer in this exciting field.

We also support students with career guidance and suitable subject selection.

Join the long list of Lytton High students who have gone on to gain tertiary qualifications in the sciences and who use their specialised knowledge of science to understand their everyday lives.

Be curious, be inspired, be a scientist!